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Old 01-25-2005, 02:11 PM   #1
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I had to partially tear down my tank to net a sick Flame Angelfish for quarentine and treatment. After finishing I noticed the water level in the tank had dropped so I added some fresh - this knocked the salinty a little low. According to my refractometer it needed about 1 cup.

Not thinking, and in a major rush to get to work on time I dumped a cup of Instant Ocean into the tank. Some of it got on my open brain coral. The coral instantly shrivled smaller and it seemed like it hurt it. Would this be something that could hurt or even destroy the coral?

Considering the live in saltwater - and the salt dissolves in a matter of seconds or minutes and I cant see how it could.

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I would imagine salt grains can burn. It's very important to mix the salt in water before adding it to the tank. Obviously the coral was not happy with this salt falling on top of it. When in a hurry like taht, either wait until you have time to top off the water or top it off and deal with adding salt later.

Keep an eye on the coral. If you suspect injury you can dip the coral in a special coral disinfectant made just for coral. Do not use RTN dips. I forgot who makes it, but the bottle has a first aid red cross on it labelled coral disinfectant. Do exactly what's directed on the bottle. This disinfectant is great for wounds. It provides a slime coat that helps protect the wounded areas from infection while the flesh underneathe heals. Corals have amazing healing and regenerative capabilities.
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